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Researchers Find No Significant Health Benefits From Vitamin D Supplements
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Posted on 01/26/2014 8:37:57 PM PST by chessplayer

Healthy people taking vitamin D supplements are unlikely to see any significant impact when it comes to preventing broken bones or cardiovascular conditions, claims new research appearing in the latest edition of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

According to the AFP news agency, the study authors reviewed more than 40 previous trials in order to determine whether or not use of these vitamin supplements achieved a benchmark of reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, cancer or bone fractures by at least 15 percent.

“Previous research had seen a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and poor health in these areas,” the news agency said. However, the new study “strengthens arguments that vitamin D deficiency is usually the result of ill health – not the cause of it,” and the authors report that “there is ‘little justification’ for doctors to prescribe vitamin D supplements as a preventive measure for these disorders.”


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“strengthens arguments that vitamin D deficiency is usually the result of ill health – not the cause of it,”

Yeah,,,and vitamin C deficiency doesn't cause health problems, bad health causes vitamin c deficiency. I knew it was just a matter of time before Big Pharma/Big Drugs started targeting Vitamin D3 supplements. There isn't a vitamin or mineral supplement they don't want to make illegal. The BBC article says the Lancet study said there is no need for more studies as they won't contradict their study.

1 posted on 01/26/2014 8:37:57 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

C’mon

Why would they want us to take care of ourselves and to not be on our way out?


2 posted on 01/26/2014 8:40:34 PM PST by stanne
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To: chessplayer

Were they smart enough this time to say whether they studied Vitamin D3???? Or just the ubiquitous Vitamin “D”? Sheesh...I am getting sick of this.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 8:42:52 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: chessplayer

Researchers...

Some of these revelations make me picture two guys in three week old yellow underwear, with hot dog skewers and marshmallows in their living room, with a tape drive TRS-80 and a black and white monitor with hacked up food on it.

For every research study out there, there a ten others that will point to diametrically opposed conclusions.


4 posted on 01/26/2014 8:43:52 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: goodnesswins

I’ll continue taking my 5000 iu of D 3.


5 posted on 01/26/2014 8:45:17 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: chessplayer

I don’t know about others, but for me daily exercise for 25 minutes on treadmill helps like crazy to keep my BP in check, my glucose in check, and my heart works better. I take no supplements on regular basis. May be a vitamin pill once a week is all. But I eat lots of fruits and veggies.


6 posted on 01/26/2014 8:46:20 PM PST by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: laplata

Yep.

At least.


7 posted on 01/26/2014 8:46:20 PM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: stanne

This article goes even further and says vitamin d supplements won’t help the elderly, either. It also says further studies are not needed because the science is now settled.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/819670


8 posted on 01/26/2014 8:52:17 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
And how many of those taking D supplements were getting enough K2?

A, D, and K2 interact in complicated ways - supplementing with one when you're not getting enough of the others can make things worse.

What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium

9 posted on 01/26/2014 8:52:19 PM PST by jdege
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To: laplata

I’ll continue taking my 5000 iu of D 3.
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Ditto—D3 is one of the few vitamins that makes sense to take—particularly after blood work reveals a deficiency.


10 posted on 01/26/2014 8:52:45 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: entropy12

I have almost always exercised...been active my whole life (62)....but...I think I have a Vitamin D3 deficiency, and must take it....course...I live in a state where sun doesn’t often shine...


11 posted on 01/26/2014 8:53:39 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: chessplayer

All hail Big Pharma .....


12 posted on 01/26/2014 8:55:39 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: laplata

My D was checked over a year ago and it was on the bottom so doc has me taking D3, 2000 IU every day. If I didn’t have enough, makes sense to take it. It’s a small softgel so it’s easy to take, Walgreens brand, 300 in a bottle.


13 posted on 01/26/2014 8:56:25 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: stanne

The Lancet also says it’s a waste of money to study if vitamins can prevent chronic diseases.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/23/vitamin-d-research/4803613/


14 posted on 01/26/2014 8:56:54 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

I won’t put liberal politics past this. Vitamin D instantly explains the significantly shorter life expectancies that people of African descent have in northern latitudes—but it’s much easier to blame it all on “racism”.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 8:57:11 PM PST by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: chessplayer

From a biological sense, it does not make any sense whatsoever to take supplements. We evolved eating an omnivorous diet, which remains the diet most suited for our health. In the case of vitamin D, we evolved to make it ourselves in exactly the quantity we need. Unless a specific nutrient is lacking—such as iodine for people who do not have a supply of ocean fish—we should not have to take any supplements.

The effects of chronically overloading one’s body with excess quantities of micronutrients are only now being seriously studied. So far, it looks like this practice has some deleterious health effects.

No one would seriously suggest that one should load up their body with macronutrients (fats, sugars, and proteins). Yet, when it comes to micronutrients, some people eat them like candy. I guess that part of the reason is that we can easily see the effects of gorging on macronutrients—obesity—but the damage caused by gorging on micronutrients is more subtle.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 8:58:00 PM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: chessplayer

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports widespread Vitamin D deficiency amongst British children, whose mothers have been cutting down on sausages and fish, and slather them with sunscreen on those occasions when they are allowed to play outside under the overcast British sky.


17 posted on 01/26/2014 8:59:12 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: chessplayer

I take a multi-vitamin, Glucosimine-Condroitin, Vitamin D3, saw palmetto, 25 mg of DHEA, a supplement for hair and skin, and, one asperin a day.

I’m almost 61 and in great health. Don’t need a little blue pill do get the job done, either.


18 posted on 01/26/2014 9:02:33 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: chessplayer

They do not like our vitamin D. They do not like our expensive pee....


19 posted on 01/26/2014 9:04:54 PM PST by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: goodnesswins

Well, you have one thing going in your favor...vitamin D is pretty harmless in moderate quantities. It is not like vitamin A, which when overdosed can kill your liver because it accumulates in our body. Vitamin C is the least dangerous because it is water soluble.

I am utterly convinced, regular moderate exercise benefits the body more than any food or chemicals. When I worked full time and had little time to exercise, I would get chest pains after enjoying a good meal in a restaurant. Now, no pain, no rapid heartbeat, no more irregular heartbeat.


20 posted on 01/26/2014 9:07:25 PM PST by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: entropy12

That’s the key to good health, exercise and diet. However, a daily supplement from a multivitamin won’t hurt anybody.


21 posted on 01/26/2014 9:10:50 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: chessplayer
SUNSHINE IN A BOTTLE!


22 posted on 01/26/2014 9:11:03 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Jonty30

I agree, a daily multi-vitamin pill is pretty innocuous.
My only point is exercise is the best thing you can do for your body to remain healthy, energetic and even increase your resistance to diseases.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 9:13:19 PM PST by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: chessplayer

“...the study authors reviewed more than 40 previous trials...”

These AssHats did not do a study. They ran previous trials through their statistical $hit and came to the conclusions stated. Well, good for them. Time to do that re the Pharmaceutical trials that the FDA uses to justify approval of all the Big Pharma Drugs that kill people.

D3 has extrodinary benefits to the human body. There is proof of that from legitimate studies. D3 is one of the more important supplements available to us. 10,000 units a day is not too much.

Just tell these misfit researchers where to go...and btw, it is very warm there.


24 posted on 01/26/2014 9:18:32 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: DoughtyOne
...with a tape drive TRS-80...

And that's a bad thing because?
25 posted on 01/26/2014 9:20:32 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: AD from SpringBay

I learned to program on a TRS-80 tape drive computer.

I’m talking audio tapes! LOL

It’s just the state of the art picture I wanted to paint for these busy bodies who want to protect us from ourselves.


26 posted on 01/26/2014 9:23:13 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: denydenydeny

“I won’t put liberal politics past this. Vitamin D instantly explains the significantly shorter life expectancies that people of African descent have in northern latitudes”

Dark skinned people do not get any where near enough Vitamin D from the Sun, except in Equitorial latitudes. I have several friends/clients of African descent now on D3, 10,000 units a day. They absolutely need it. But so do the rest of us.


27 posted on 01/26/2014 9:25:27 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: exDemMom

50 years ago just about every vegetable I ate came from the family garden. It was picked when it was ready to be eaten or canned. The food today is cut two weeks before so that it can stand the torture of mechanical processing, then gassed to attain the best color and three days of cold storage during transportation before hitting the market shelves.

The vitamins are not there anymore. You should supplement your diet with vitamins.


28 posted on 01/26/2014 9:39:01 PM PST by B4Ranch (http://discoverthenetworks.org/ This website describes the networks / agendas of the political Left.)
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To: laplata
I’ll continue taking my 5000 iu of D 3

I'm with you. Been doing that for five years now. Not had a sick day. I know that's anecdotal but I won't stop the D3.

29 posted on 01/26/2014 9:50:06 PM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: Marcella; House Atreides; Salamander

Good for us!


30 posted on 01/26/2014 9:51:29 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: exDemMom

“From a biological sense, it does not make any sense whatsoever to take supplements. We evolved eating an omnivorous diet, which remains the diet most suited for our health. In the case of vitamin D, we evolved to make it ourselves in exactly the quantity we need....”
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Well, we didn’t evolve living and working indoors not getting much sunlight. I’ll continue to take my D3 supplement as NEEDED to maintain proper blood levels.


31 posted on 01/26/2014 9:54:24 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: upchuck

I’m in total agreement with you. I haven’t been sick, either. And no flue shots for me.


32 posted on 01/26/2014 9:54:40 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: exDemMom

During the previous six million years of hominid evolution we ate animals with about 3% omega3 by weight. We also had virtually no option but to manufacture huge amounts of vitamin d3 via B ultraviolet radiation and cholesterol. Today we bathe away the limited amounts of vitamin d3 allowed by clothing and the limited B radiation delivered in northern latitudes. Omega3 and d3 are essential to human health and are nearly obliterated from contemporary human diet.


33 posted on 01/26/2014 10:12:38 PM PST by kruss3
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To: exDemMom

Normal foods do not contain D3. Acquiring natural D3 requires getting a substantial amount of sun exposure and certain fats in the diet.

I get very little sun exposure. When I do, I burn very easy.

I’ve been deficient in D3 for 20+ years and slowly developed a number of immune system issues. One of which degraded my quality of life significantly. I’ve been taking D3 (more than 2000 IU a day) for about 3 years now and it changed my life.

There was a direct correlation to my taking D3 and my resulting health. I’ve taken any number of other vitamins and supplements over the years and frankly I couldn’t tell the difference with or without them. This is the only “vitamin” I’ve ever taken that’s had a profound affect - but you have to take much more than 400 IU that’s recommended by the USDA.

Other people that get much more sun exposure may well not benefit from D3 supplements. But for those who do not, D3 can be life changing.


34 posted on 01/26/2014 10:21:19 PM PST by DB
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To: berdie

later


35 posted on 01/26/2014 10:23:18 PM PST by berdie
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To: chessplayer

It’s not Big Pharma doing this. Who do you think makes the D3 supplements?


36 posted on 01/26/2014 10:26:35 PM PST by oblomov
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To: Dr. Sivana

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports widespread Vitamin D deficiency amongst British children, whose mothers have been cutting down on sausages and fish, and slather them with sunscreen on those occasions when they are allowed to play outside under the overcast British sky.


But the Lancet assures us that vitamin d deficiency doesn’t cause health problems.


37 posted on 01/26/2014 10:38:56 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

I seem to benefit greatly from vitamin D.


38 posted on 01/26/2014 10:43:16 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: chessplayer

I don’t believe it. I’ll continue to take 10k IUs per day.


39 posted on 01/26/2014 10:46:08 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: kruss3

During the previous six million years of hominid evolution we ate animals with about 3% omega3 by weight. We also had virtually no option but to manufacture huge amounts of vitamin d3 via B ultraviolet radiation and cholesterol. Today we bathe away the limited amounts of vitamin d3 allowed by clothing and the limited B radiation delivered in northern latitudes. Omega3 and d3 are essential to human health and are nearly obliterated from contemporary human diet.


Haven’t you heard? Now they are trashing omega-3 and are claiming omega-3/fish oil in both pill form and from eating fish itself is a killer.


40 posted on 01/26/2014 11:03:40 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: laplata

A year or two ago, some nice FReeper suggested I start taking massive quantities of D3 and darned if I haven’t evaded all the colds/flus/creeping cruds that everyone around me has gotten.

If it ain’t broke...;]


41 posted on 01/26/2014 11:17:49 PM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: chessplayer

Some people get their daily dose of pseudo-science from sources intended for low info voters. Big pharma wants these people to stay sick and stupid. Omega3 and d3 will both make low info voters smarter.


42 posted on 01/26/2014 11:31:01 PM PST by kruss3
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To: kruss3

I eat two 3.25 ounces of canned kipper snacks a week and one 3.75 ounce canned sardines a week. Right out of the can. I love em.


43 posted on 01/26/2014 11:42:27 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: Salamander

Good for you. How many ius do you take a day? I stick with 5000.


44 posted on 01/26/2014 11:46:27 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: goodnesswins
Here is one for the record. I have MS and in the last 5 years had 3 bad relapses. Hospitalization was required. Treated with high doses of steroids to get back to any semblance of normality.
They put me on beta Interferon but I can not give myself shots and have no one to give me the shots. Anyway, it is also about $6000 a month.
Anyway on research I read D3 had some claims of great results for MS sufferers. I started taking 1000 IU once a day.
Have not taken the beta shots since 2010 and have had no worsening of symptoms since 2010. No relapses like the three I had between 2007 and 2010. I know I will never be cured of MS. It is like cancer and worth too much money to the health care industry; hospitals, doctors, pharma, and the companies that make MRI's.
All three times I was in the bills were over $35K for 4 days. Then the followup with doctors etc. With O care I do not look forward to another relapse as it will only put me on the death panel list.

O care will not want to cover me for to many more $35K relapses. It is why I nearly cried the day o care was passed. So on with the 1000 IU gell caps for life if necessary.
45 posted on 01/26/2014 11:48:56 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: laplata

Good for you. How many ius do you take a day? I stick with 5000.


Vitamin D3? About 4800.


46 posted on 01/26/2014 11:49:22 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: laplata

Anywhere from 4-8.

I’m almost through my 2000 iu bottle and about to open a 5000 iu.

I think the 2000s are more flexible and I should’ve gotten them instead but they had a buy-one-get-one sale and well, you know.

;]


47 posted on 01/26/2014 11:51:59 PM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: JSteff

Good to hear it hasn’t gotten worse since you started with the D3.


48 posted on 01/26/2014 11:52:32 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Do you get flue shots? I haven’t had one in 20 years or more.


49 posted on 01/26/2014 11:53:07 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: laplata

Oops. The question wasn’t for me.


50 posted on 01/26/2014 11:54:47 PM PST by chessplayer
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